My 2015 Movies: Minions (#20)

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It’s been over five years since the world was first introduced to the Minions. Since then, those creatures have been on top of the world, especially in the past three years following Despicable Me 2. They’re everywhere even to this day: in the stores, on TV, on T-shirts, even in Universal Studios parks. It was only a matter of time before they would break out from the bonds of Despicable Me and go solo. That moment finally occurred last year. Critics rave that the Minions movie is “okay” and “fine”. That’s pretty accurate if you ask me. Still, fine is good enough for me.

Since the dawn of time, the Minion race have served alongside the world’s strongest and most dangerous villains, who they consider “big boss”. Unfortunately, the Minions have a bad tendency of foiling their bosses’ plans (sometimes to the point of death), causing them to go searching for a new big boss to serve. By the 1960’s they’ve ended up in Antarctica, depressed because they have no one to serve under. It’s now up to three brave Minions- Kevin, Stuart and Bob- to find their new big boss.

I guess we all had high hopes for this movie being as hilarious as Despicable Me, perhaps even more. That didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong. The movie is still funny and enjoyable, but nowhere near as funny as they were alongside Gru. However, I believe comparing Minions to Despicable Me is unfair.

If you haven’t seen it, you might be wondering if the Minions are capable of holding a movie alone. Yes they are. Even though they don’t speak English, they’re interactions are enough to tell the story, communicate jokes and give off personality.

It should be noted that the Minions do have distinguishable personalities, or at least the main three do. Kevin is the dedicated one, striving for praise from his peers. Stuart is the more chill and relaxed of the three. Bob is the baby of the group; very sentimental, inexperienced and innocent. To me, this was a great way to go. Had they just given all the Minions the same personality, it wouldn’t work. Sure they don’t have dynamic personalities, but they have enough charm to make you care about them.

There are other characters in this movie, not many of which you’ll remember after a week. The only stand-outs are the family of villains, who are there for about ten minutes, and Scarlet Overkill, played by Sandra Bullock. Sandra Bullock does a good job, but her character, like the others, is easily overshadowed by the Minions. There’s no dynamic human personality here to counter the Minions like Gru does.

The animation is identical to that of Despicable Me. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it’s still gorgeous all the same. The main differences are the locations, like 1960’s America and Great Britain, which do play a roll in some of the comedy. The setting also plays a roll in the soundtrack, which fittingly features The Who and Beatles among other 60’s staples.

In terms of animated movies, there are so many better ones out there, and this has nothing on either Despicable Me film. But for what I wanted from a Minions movie, I think it delivered. I had fun with it and I’m sure you would, too. It’s a very harmless movie worth seeing once.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

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